Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Things to see & do in Aitutaki, Cook Islands Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Things to see & do in Aitutaki, Cook Islands story by: Inspire Cook Islands Aitutaki and its lagoon captivate visitors from that first glimpse out the aircraft window. Startlingly white swathes of sand contrast with the deep azure of the encircling Pacific Ocean and the remarkable turquoise of its lagoon studded with tiny islets. Just a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga it’s possible to visit Aitutaki on a day trip. Swim with schools of tropical fish in the lagoon, luxuriate in the sand under a palm tree and eat freshly caught barbecued fish. Make sure to take your passport if you go to One Foot Island – the tiny post office there will stamp it. But better still, why not stay a few days – living simply or in luxury? No matter what style you opt for, the delights of the lagoon are there for everyone, as is the fun of hiring a motor scooter or a bike and exploring deserted beaches, tiny villages and their white-washed churches. Our favourite things to see & do • CAFÉ TUPUNA – It’s the nearest thing to a gourmet restaurant on Aitutaki. Freshly caught fish and island flavours form the backbone of the menu, and the garden location is one of the most atmospheric places to eat on the island. • MT. MAUNGAPU – The 30 minute hike to the top of Aitutaki’s highest peak (124 metres) is worth the effort simply for the incredible views over the entire atoll and the sapphire blue lagoon – remember to take your camera. • LOCAL NIGHTLIFE – The lively Coconut Crusher Bar is the island’s main nightspot and a great place to "shake your booty" at the regular island nights, or roll up for the weekend’s DJ. • LAGOON CRUISE – When you’re out on Aitutaki don’t miss the chance to take a lagoon cruise. There are several operators that cruise around the lagoon but one worth considering is the Tekings Champagne brunch cruise. You’ll enjoy fantastic swimming and snorkelling while your hosts prepare a delicious hearty island breakfast served with champagne – enjoy! • GOLF – Play a round of golf at the Aitutaki Golf Club’s 18 hole golf course. Clubs are available to rent for around $10 and green fees are around the same price. An interesting course situated on the coast beside the airport. • SAFARI TOUR OF AITUTAKI – This is a great way to learn more about this beautiful island, its history and culture, and the people that live there. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Video: Introduction to Rarotonga Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Views to wake up to Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.